Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on September 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

This is the OOTD I wanted to write all last week, but couldn’t believe that Barack Obama would actually blow such an easy opportunity.  From a week ago today, Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz openly criticized Republicans for holding a long-planned convention as Hurricane Isaac first looked to hit Tampa, and then Mississippi and Louisiana.  A Yahoo news bureau chief got fired after an open mic picked up his accusation that Mitt Romney and the GOP were happy to party while black people drowned.

And yet, Obama himself seemed oddly disconnected from the event, even though it would have provided a perfect tableau for him to demonstrate his leadership.  He refused to act on Bobby Jindal’s repeated request for full emergency status.  Instead of going to Louisiana and Mississippi to take charge or at least get a ground-level look at the issues (and be seen doing so), or at the very least stay in the White House to oversee federal-state coordination, Obama went to Virginia to campaign — at the same time the chair of his own party was criticizing Republicans who have nothing to do with emergency management in the area for holding a political event.

Still, I thought that Obama would take advantage of his opportunity at some point to look Presidential as Romney and other Republicans campaigned in Tampa.  Instead, Obama spent the entire week asleep at the switch — and only woke up when Romney got to Louisiana first and forced his hand:

President Barack Obama was today forced to announce he will fly to storm-hit Louisiana on Monday – hours after Mitt Romney beat him to the punch by deciding to head there this afternoon.

Not only did Obama not get to Louisiana first, but he still had a campaign stop in Ohio on his schedule that had to get canceled after a full week of preparation:

After it emerged that Obama was still taking time to fit in a campaign stop in Cleveland, Ohio before checking out how clean-up operations are proceeding in the Bayou state, the Obama campaign abruptly cancelled that event.

‘In light of the President’s travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, President Obama will no longer travel to Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, September 3,’ the campaign said in a terse statement.

Perhaps nothing else demonstrates the Empty Chair Presidency as a chief executive than this whiff on a softball pitch.  And since this is Empty Chair Day at Breitbart and at the Boss Emeritus’ page, why not make this today’s OOTD?

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Instead, Obama spent the entire week asleep at the switch — and only woke up when Romney got to Louisiana first and forced his hand:

VI: Emptiness and Fullness

Those who are first on the battlefield and await the opponents are at ease; those who are last on the battlefield and head into battle get worn out.
/Sun Tzu: The Art of War

ted c on September 3, 2012 at 8:04 AM

I’m waiting for the howls from the media such as we heard when Bush didn’t show up right after Katrina.

Still waiting.

Still waiting.

Wino on September 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Obama was planning to go to Louisiana all along. He was just waiting for the FEMA checks to clear so that it would be a worth while fund raising trip.

Laurence on September 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Empty chair. Empty suit. Empty tank.

hillsoftx on September 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Instead, Obama spent the entire week term asleep at the switch

Obama only acts if he thinks it will benefit him, forget about what is good for the country(including his base).

I would like to have been a fly on the wall when he finished his Fort Bliss speech. I am sure an infintile tantrum ensued…”How dare they not love me like I love me”.

HoustonRight on September 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

infintile infantile – more coffee please

HoustonRight on September 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I don’t know who is more stupid, barack who didn’t realize he could get some air time doing something presidential, or poodle-cut, who opened her yap about it and didn’t realize her boss (the one who should be in charge, not Mitt) was campaigning as well.

Well, let’s call it a tie. Both equally stupid and empty-suited.

DuctTapeMyBrain on September 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

You forget Ed, it’s a Red state. That’s the first consideration.

JimK on September 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

ED: Still, I thought that Obama would take advantage of his opportunity at some point to look Presidential as Romney and other Republicans campaigned in Tampa.

The frightening thing about this election is that the double standard for what a President should do in Obama’s case would continue for another 4 years. He can really do anything and because the media are so in love with liberalism they will not call on him to ever do the most basic things a Republican would be called on to do. The press isn’t saying anything about him campaigning for reelection because THAT is their priority too.

They could give a damn about victims while Obama and their agenda is on line.

Conan on September 3, 2012 at 8:21 AM

He’s running on ‘empty’.

Yoop on September 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

What Jim Treacher said

President heads to storm-ravaged Louisiana (followed closely by Obama)

bayview on September 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

ECOTUS has its own blog.

It was spotted at the DNC in Charlotte still empty.
(second pic)

Countdown clock says 63 days to Empty Obama’s Chair.

http://emptychairoftheus.blogspot.com/

No Niks on September 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

B b but Bush!

OmahaConservative on September 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Where is DWS? Have they actually – literally – attached a muzzle on her snout? She’s been oddly silent for days.

tru2tx on September 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

President Me Too.

This is so incredibly stupid that I sometimes wonder if he is intentionally trying to throw the race but then I remember the media is so in the tank for him that he’s not even worried about negative reports.

tims472 on September 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

MSM is spinning for Obama with the “Obama planned to go to LA all along” meme.

Wethal on September 3, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Hey, y’all, happy National #EmptyChairDay !

………

You forget Ed, it’s a Red state. That’s the first consideration.

JimK on September 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Right. I think he intended not to go there at all, until Romney shamed him into it.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Wino on September 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM

this

dear leader hates NOLA

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Couple more empty chair ‘shops:

Bluster, and Empty Dreams.

Eastwood’s empty chair metaphor is going to last like the “you didn’t build that” catastrophe.

BKeyser on September 3, 2012 at 8:51 AM

we are going to hear bush, millionaires, billionaires, tax cuts for the middle class ad nauseum this week….
*sigh*

——————-
Clint rocks!

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM

talk about empty chair, how many will there be at the BOA stadium…how many conservatives will show up with signs…

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Obama is disconnected. He knows he is going to lose so why bother to do anything to keep up pretenses. Nobody loves him like they did in ’08.

I had heard that Bobby Jindal was having a problem getting emergency funds. You had to expect this because Bobby made it very uncomfortable for the Once during the BP oil spill. BP almost didn’t cough up that $22 billion for the Once to spend on other things. LA being a red state and all don’t expect the president to help you out. He knows the MSM won’t fuss. He’s a mean, nasty little brat.

BetseyRoss on September 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

OT: joe klein says dear leader should play the race card

puhleeze, it’s been playing since jan 2009

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Obama was planning to go to Louisiana all along. He was just waiting for the FEMA checks to clear so that it would be a worth while fund raising trip.

Laurence on September 3, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Well, of course. I should have known that. :)

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Empty chair. Empty suit. Empty tank. Full Blown Deficits

hillsoftx on September 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Rovin on September 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM

If Barry had the LA visit planned but not announced as the lying Jay Carney claimed, he would not have to CANCEL his Oiho appearance to make the trip.

bayview on September 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Obama’s ego and the BP oil spill two years ago may have contributed to this problem.

Remember, the thin-skinned-to-the-point-of-transparency president was angered in 2012 when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal rebuffed him on his lack of urgency over cleaning up the oil washing up on the Gulf Coast beaches. The inaction here in failing to provide proactive federal help to Louisiana, may have been Team Obama way of trying to stick it to Jindal, in hoping for Katrina-like nightmarish conditions there in the wake of Isaac, safe in the knowledge that the big media wouldn’t blame him, despite Jindal’s ongoing Twitter feed showing the lack of assistance coming from Washington. as the storm approached.

Trying to create the same situation as in 2005 — which was cause in large part because Kathleen Blanco wouldn’t follow the Bush Administration’s urgings to call out the National Guard — in order to ruin Jindal in the eyes of Louisiana and national voters only works if Obama completely ignores the area. He couldn’t deny aid and at the same time go down there during the convention. What made it blow up in their face was Jindal’s use of new technology to show he was getting no support from FEMA and Team Obama before Isaac hit, and Team Romney’s move to travel to Louisiana after the convention, which they failed to game-plan for due to their own hubris.

jon1979 on September 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

This was a softball. Especially after W and Katrina.

What better way to show up the GOP then go to NOLA and look like you are doing something, anything. Must have thought no one would say he does not like black people.

So many examples, but this OotT(erm).

EliTheBean on September 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

A surrogate for Barack Obama, former governor Bill Richardson, insisted that all around the world “the international community wants to see this president reelected.” Richardson made his remarks this morning on CBS:

The president is not running overseas, but everywhere you go, all around the world– and I travel a lot — the international community wants to see this president reelected. obviously, we’ve got to do it here,” said Richardson.

Free money, US military reductions, increased flexibility…..what’s not to like?

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Still waiting for the media outrage.

Wino on September 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Empty chair. Empty suit. Empty tank.

hillsoftx on September 3, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I’ll throw in empty promises. Anybody else care to keep this going?
DWS might be at her secret vacay home in VT for the long weekend. Wish the Fla voters would give her time for a very extended stay there.

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

the international community wants to see this president reelected.

BobMbx on September 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Right, our enemies are rooting for him. Our allies, not.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Right, our enemies are rooting for him. Our allies, not.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

exactamundo

cmsinaz on September 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

These are either the actions of a very inept man or the actions of a very savvy man who knows full well his days are numbered.

In the paraphrased words of the inimitable and brilliant Joseph Biden VP (D)

“Will the real faux messiah pleases stand up?”

Don L on September 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I’ll throw in empty promises. Anybody else care to keep this going?

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Empty houses.

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Right, our enemies are rooting for him. Our allies, not.

petefrt on September 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Especially Putin. He is still PO’d at the U.S. and wants nothing more than to get Russia back to the U.S.S.R days of being a super power. In Obama he has just the spineless embecile to pull it off.

HoustonRight on September 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

And since this is Empty Chair Day at Breitbart and at the Boss Emeritus’ page, why not make this today’s OOTD?

Not much, but I’m doing my part:

https://twitter.com/FloraDuh1/status/242604670688837632/photo/1

My favorite so far today:

https://twitter.com/HALOS1973/status/242595299196026880/photo/1

Flora Duh on September 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I put my empty chair in my yard a few minutes ago, I wonder if any of my neighbors will notice.

Mini-14 on September 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Empty chair..Empty future.

Speakup on September 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

@FloraDuh1

Obama = empty chair @stefcutter = empty head @DavidAxelrod = empty heart cavity @DWStweets = empty promises @TheDemocrats = running on empty

Flora Duh on September 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Empty soul.

Cleombrotus on September 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Obama went to Virginia to campaign

Yes, to Charlottesville, where everyone was already going to vote for him anyway.

Oldnuke on September 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The only known photo of barack with Karl Marx.

Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Smartest president ever! Never did buy that, never will.

kam582 on September 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

— at the same time the chair of his own party was criticizing Republicans who have nothing to do with emergency management in the area for holding a political event.

Hee hee. You said “chair”!

kg598301 on September 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

It’s nice that Obama had some time to relax and take in the ocean view before the convention starts.

whatcat on September 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

The only known photo of barack with Karl Marx.
Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Classic!
:D

whatcat on September 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

RT @lewsmuse: There’s an empty chair in the White House…and in the Terry house #fastandfurious

Flora Duh on September 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It’s rather obvious why Barry didn’t go. He might have to make a snap decision in front of a bunch of people.

GarandFan on September 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

The chair pics remind me of a Chicago tradition.

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I think that picture of the empty chair was INSULTING. The empty chair has far more integrity, wisdom, knowledge and experience than Obama! I think you’re an anti-chair racist!!

MaiDee on September 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

From the Weekly Standard last Tuesday…on the first day of the Republican convention:

After President Obama’s remarks this morning on the tropical storm headed toward New Orleans, a reporter asked whether it’s appropriate to continue campaigning. Obama did not answer the shouted question.

Mr. Obama was certainly determined to break tradition and campaign during the convention of the opposing party. Louisiana obviously just did not warrant the same level of concern.

Gotta go find a chair now!

lynncgb on September 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I’m waiting for the howls from the media such as we heard when Bush didn’t show up right after Katrina.

Still waiting.

Still waiting.

Wino on September 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM

…”He didn’t DO THAT…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Empty bank accounts

jazzuscounty on September 3, 2012 at 10:20 AM

…I know it’s Empty Chair Day…but for old times sake…
Happy LABOR DAY …everybody…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I’ll throw in empty promises. Anybody else care to keep this going?

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Empty houses.

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Empty savings accounts

Rio Linda Refugee on September 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The only known photo of barack with Karl Marx.

Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

He was still short and his ears hadn’t begun to grow.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The only known photo of barack with Karl Marx.

Rational Thought on September 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Brilliant! Still laughing.

TXUS on September 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Barack Obama is doing what he does best, campaigning for the job instead of doing the job he already has. In this case it’s got to be even harder for the press to cover it up because he’s so brazen and oblivious to the optics.

I’d like to see Newt sit down with Romney and pass along some debate advice on how to cut through the moderator’s bs and refocus ALL questions on broken promises re the Economy. Newt is the master of this as we’ve seen and I’d hate the built in advantage of liberal moderators to work against Romney.

CitizenEgg on September 3, 2012 at 10:33 AM

What Jim Treacher said

President heads to storm-ravaged Louisiana (followed closely by Obama)

bayview on September 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Perfect.

The chair pics remind me of a Chicago tradition.

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Pittsburgh’s, too. LOL!

PatriotGal2257 on September 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I’ve posted a couple out there. @danaloesch has a great #emptychairday pic.

Celebrate the holiday with an empty chair!! Ours is in the front yard (along with the washing machine and Uncle Roscoes’ 68 Buick).

PappyD61 on September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I was at Silver Dollar City yesterday (Sep 2nd) and we went to one of the shows. We got there early so we got seats in the second row. While they were gettting the stage ready one of the performers sat a chair on the stage for them to use. As he walked away he turned to one of the other guys and said “Look, it’s the empty chair.” They laughed and then went on with setting the stage up.

cfguy on September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I’ve set up an empty chair in the front (300 yds from the front porch) yard so that the few neighbors I have who drive by can see it.

chemman on September 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

As he walked away he turned to one of the other guys and said “Look, it’s the empty chair.” They laughed and then went on with setting the stage up.

cfguy on September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

And finally, years too late, it becomes appropriate to mock the mockable.

Don L on September 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Happy National Empty Chair Day from New York City!

Took these just a little while ago on the shores of the East River in friendly Brooklyn, USA!

Urban Infidel on September 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM

’d like to see Newt sit down with Romney and pass along some debate advice on how to cut through the moderator’s bs and refocus ALL questions on broken promises re the Economy. Newt is the master of this as we’ve seen and I’d hate the built in advantage of liberal moderators to work against Romney.

Sorry, but a dog, no matter how smart, just can’t teach a cat how to bark. After this weekend’s performance Romney ought to beg Newt to be his mouthpiece. Don’t let talent like Newt (and Sarah) atrophy.

Don L on September 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The Empty Suit, in the Empty chair, the one who finds time to campaign, on-going, and to golf incessantly, blames his lack of leadership/progress on his family.

Why exactly did he want to become Punk of the Land? Oh yes, for glory, and life will be good for him and his beard, forever.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I’ll throw in empty promises. Anybody else care to keep this going?

Kissmygrits on September 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Empty houses.

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Empty storefronts.

Naturally Curly on September 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Good line on Twitter the other day. I’m at work so I can’t get to it to say who. (Treacher or Iowahawk or Fleming….):

“Obama doesn’t care about facts, people.”

apostic on September 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Face it. If the rat-eared bastard had planned on going to LA, it would have been announced during the GOP convention. Romney got inside Obama’s OODA loop and made him react to something that should have been a no-brainer for any President. In doing so, Romney made Obama look very petty and incompetent. Congrats to Team Mitt!

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Don’t forget he flew over Lousianna to get to Texas on Friday.

And he waited until after a holiday weekend to visit.

This was a stunning mistake for the President, and the campaign.

Rockygold on September 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I honestly think that 0bama was a bit afraid of Bobby Jindal.

Knowing Jindal’s displeasure about 0bama’s foot-dragging, he knew Bobby would get right in his face nailing him with facts.

Notice that he has had two pit-bull governors in his face now – Jindal and Jan Brewer, and you see the results . .. lawsuits against Arizona and obstructionism, an “arbitrary and capricious” drilling moratorium that hurt Louisianans’ jobs. (My girlfriend’s best friend had to move to Brazil with a 3-year-old to follow her husband’s rig which left after they weren’t allowed to drill.)

0bama probably focused more on the personal confrontation that Jindal would have pressed…. more than actually helping out flooded Americans.

cane_loader on September 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

According to a screen shot of Obama’s calendar that Treacher put up, he had ZERO obligations on Saturday. Why didn’t he go to LA then and keep the Ohio appointment? He’s not to bright is he?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Not going down to NOLA is just more proof of how super scary smart the man is. Sheesh, just ask him or any of his fluffers in the MSM.

Wile B. Obama
Super Genius
Have Brain Will Travel

jukin3 on September 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

According to a screen shot of Obama’s calendar that Treacher put up, he had ZERO obligations on Saturday. Why didn’t he go to LA then and keep the Ohio appointment? He’s not to bright is he?

Cindy Munford on September 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

…he HAD to be with his family…remember?…that will all change in his second term!…”the girls will be older”…and Mooch can vacation again!

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Gotta love them Dems. The “Murder in Utero” Party.

Come on, Dems! Let’s hear ya! WHATCHA STAND FOR?

AHHH-BOOR-SHUN!

AHHH-BOOR-SHUN!

AHHH-BOOR-SHUN!

BigAlSouth on September 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

He’s running on ‘empty’.

Of course! Have you noticed the price of gas?

katablog.com on September 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Empty storefronts.

Naturally Curly on September 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Empty pockets.

Fallon on September 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Obowma leading from behind and by asking a poll.

Remember his record on national disasters and issues seeking his leadership:

2011 Texas fires response – nothing
Flooding in 2009 of the Upper Mississippi states – nothing
2010 Oklahoma tornadoes – nothing
Iran revolution – nothing
Arab Spring – nothing
Syria – nothing
Gulf Oil spill – nothing for 120 days, closed all gulf oil drilling
Hurricane Isaac – out campaigning
2011 troop surge – waited 6 months to add half the requested troops by Gen Betrayus Petraus! NEVER forget the disrespect by The New York Times to our greatest modern day American General.
Egypt visit- apologizes for American greatness
Saudi Arabia visit – bows
Japan visit – bows
Meeting with Russia – promises made on more flexibility over a hot mic
Virginia visit – claims you didn’t build that business

dthorny on September 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Despite the Narcissist-in-Chief’s self absorption , I wouldn’t put it past the Establishment GOP to execute the McCainian task of nose-diving this campaign…cork-screwing it into the ground.

socalcon on September 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Empty suit makes Empty Promises from Empty Chair.

(Michelle Obama packs on Empty Calories in response.)

profitsbeard on September 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

dthorny on September 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Nice post but those are minor disasters, all.

The lap dog media has lead both parties to the two alternatives we have running for POTUS. Neither of them are any closer to the an understanding of fundamental leadership guidance we need than the greedy bankers were to understanding why you could not toss out income standards for mortgages.

Meantime, we have a federal budget looking like the households at the mercy of a sub-prime mortgage in 2007.

We have Iran wanting to wipe a neighbor “off the map” while enriching uranium.

Wall Street waits with baited breath for QE 3 and another paper solution in lieu of returning to fundamental concepts for a sound economy.

We may pay with blood and years of suffering on a national scale for the empty chair.

But let us got check the polls in swing states!

IlikedAUH2O on September 3, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Still, I thought that Obama would take advantage of his opportunity at some point to look Presidential as Romney and other Republicans campaigned in Tampa. Instead, Obama spent the entire week asleep at the switch — and only woke up when Romney got to Louisiana first and forced his hand

Obama views flood-stricken Louisiana

whatcat on September 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Did Obambam’s photo response to Clint’s speech (“this chair’s taken”) get an OOTD mention?

Because it sure qualifies.

Arnold Yabenson on September 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I just find it so incredible that President Obama’s administration, and even his campaign, can be so incompetent as to NOT have taken visibly constructive action to benefit the administration and the campaign image of Obama while the Republicans were busy with their convention in Tampa.

Hurricane Isaac was an opportunity to show Obama being Presidential with little danger of negative results — so long as there was no screw-ups at FEMA — so long as he said something reasonable in that week before Romney said he would go to LA.

Maybe they really are out of touch. This would seem to be a no-brainer.

Russ808 on September 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM